Riders pay their last respects to former champion cyclist

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com''COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>''21st April 2011.............Cylist follow the funeral courtege of Ray Eden of Scawthorpe, Doncaster who died several days after receiving serious head injuries in an assault.
Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com''COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>''21st April 2011.............Cylist follow the funeral courtege of Ray Eden of Scawthorpe, Doncaster who died several days after receiving serious head injuries in an assault.
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Dozens of riders followed the funeral cortege of a prominent Doncaster cyclist when he was laid to rest yesterday.

Dedicated cyclists travelled from all over the North to pay tribute to 42-year-old Ray Eden, who was fatally injured in an alleged attack last month.

The hearse made its way through Scawthorpe from Ray’s family home in Moat Croft with the riders following ‘peloton’ style all the way to Doncaster Minster, where the funeral service took place.

Most of the riders, dressed in cycling attire rather than funeral garb, also attended the service.

Mr Eden, who leaves a widow, Gail, and a son, Finn, died in hospital following an incident in the street near his home.

Neighbour Luke Jolly, aged 24, has been charged with his manslaughter.

The former British road racing champion, who also represented his country in 1995, worked for Planet X Cycles at Carcroft and Rotherham before his death.